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9:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Rob Schrab to direct the Lego Movie sequel

As awesome as everything was in The Lego Movie, it is possible the sequel will be even more... awesome (*bursts into singing "Everything is awesome").  I was initially not sold on the idea to make a second Lego Movie, bu...

Per Morten Mjolkeraaen

8:00 PM on 02.24.2015

6 things we want from Neill Blomkamp's Alien project

We've all wanted to make a movie at some point. We've all thought it through in our minds, from story to characters to the final act that would shock audiences around the world. Our own personal dream movie. A movie we would ...

Per Morten Mjolkeraaen

5:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Flix for Short: Power/Rangers, a super gritty MMPR fan film

Last year, around the time Saban and Lionsgate announced they were working on a new Power Rangers movie, I wrote up a few ways to do it properly. One of those suggestions is to keep the grimdark stuff as far away as possible...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Pee-Wee returns in Pee-Wee's Big Holiday on Netflix

It's been teased for years now, but it's finally official-- comedian Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) is finally making his long awaited cinematic return in a new original movie headed exclusively to Netflix.  The film has ...

John-Charles Holmes

2:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Help fund The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 in NYC

We here at Flixist love the people at Subway Cinema. Not only do they put on the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the New York Korean Film Festival, they also hold a great showcase of classic martial arts movies here ...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 02.24.2015

There are too many cooks on this Avengers: Age of Ultron poster

You kind of forget how massive this movie's cast is until you get it all in one image. It's...overwhelming. Notably, the cast includes Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell, and Anthony Mackie as well. Let's hope there's a good balance of all those big names. Avengers: Age of Ultron releases May 1st. [via Twitter] [Header via Hubes]

Nick Valdez

12:30 PM on 02.24.2015

Joss Whedon discusses why Ant-Man won't show up in Age of Ultron

Comic book fans can be a protective lot, especially when it comes to their favorite properties and characters. It was no surprise, then, that some were upset when Joss Whedon announced a while back that the Avengers' longtime...

Matt Liparota



Review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya photo
Review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
by John-Charles Holmes

Isao Takahata is one of the directors out of Studio Ghibli that seems to be less discussed by fans in the west.  Takahata is responsible for directing some of the most riveting and eerie films to come from the Japanese animation studio including Pom Poko and Grave of the Fireflies.  His most recent directorial work is The Tale of Princess Kaguya, based on classic Japanese folklore, and it just might be one of the most expressive and chilling films from Studio Ghibli in years.

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Movies That Changed Us: Super photo
Movies That Changed Us: Super
by Jackson Tyler

This post contains open discussion of depression, and spoilers for Super. 

“The rules were set a long time ago. They don’t change.”
~Frank D’Arbo

When I was ten, a new student transferred into my school, and I made my first friend. In the second term, he beat me with a plastic tennis racket until I couldn’t breathe. I don’t know quite how long I laid in the shade of the portable classroom, the sound of the other children playing had long since blended into a peaceful, endless drone. When the bell rang, I dragged myself inside so I’d be present on the register, and told my teacher what happened.

“Don’t lie about your classmates,” she said. “If Jake had actually beat you with one of those, you wouldn’t be able to stand.”

A decade later, I sat in a small, grey office (are there any other kinds?), as a woman looked at me with an expression equal parts disappointed and confused. She’d just told me that I’d been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, and wanted to know why I didn’t seem to have any kind of reaction.

“Nothing’s wrong with me,” I said. And she smiled.

I thought this would make me feel better in some way. When you grow up lonely, the only thought ever on your mind is “Why?” Why don’t people want to talk to me? Why do I feel so disconnected from those around me? Why did the one person I trusted beat me til I felt the taste blood in my throat, and why did that make him more popular? Now I had an answer in front of me, and it wasn’t enough. The question remained.

Super is a movie about asking why.

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1:53 PM on 02.23.2015

Barbershop 3 gets new director

Get ready for another round in the chair - Barbershop 3 has found a director, Deadline reports. Malcolm D. Lee is in talks to direct the third film in the Barbershop franchise. Stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer expect...

Matt Liparota





12:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Here are your 2015 Razzie winners and losers

With the 2015 Academy Awards come and gone, it's time to focus on the negative stuff...or at least the stuff that's popular to hate rather than actual bad movies. We've got expected "winners" like Michael Bay and lots of hate for Saving Christmas. I've never seen it myself, but was it bad enough to sweep these things?  Full list of winners below.

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 02.23.2015

Box Office Numbers: The Grouch

I missed the Oscars last night (along with the Flixist chat), but I've caught up on some highlights. Tegan and Sara gave out Lego Oscars (even if the performance was a bit shaky), Common and John Legend brought the house down...

Nick Valdez



Review: Shaun The Sheep photo
Review: Shaun The Sheep
by Jackson Tyler

It's hard to believe that Shaun The Sheep is only Aardman's fourth stop motion feature film. The studio initially made its name in the UK with short films in the 70s and 80s such as Creature Comforts, but it was with the release of the first Wallace and Gromit short in 1990 that they truly seared themselves into the fabric of British cultural identity. And in the 25 years since, they've embodied a kind of effortless ubiquity that easily overcomes their relatively sparse output. Aardman is the closest equivalent the UK has to Studio Ghibli, in many ways a remnant of times gone by, desperately carrying the torch for a style of animation that is beloved and resonant, whose flame should long since have flickered out.

Going in, the signs were not exactly pointing in the right direction. A spin-off of a spin-off, the movie is the big screen outing of the popular Kids TV show, for which the target audience skews far younger than Aardman’s earlier family efforts. Combined with a lackluster marketing push and the fact that the film hasn’t even been picked up for distribution in the USA, I went into the movie with a quiet apprehension that Aardman’s creative glory days had passed, and the studio was ready to go softly into that good night.

Much to my delight, I walked out of the cinema with a massive smile on my face and more than a single tear in my eye. The movie's target audience may skew young, but Shaun The Sheep is Aardman's most assured and most mature work yet.

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Here are your 2015 Oscar winners photo
Here are your 2015 Oscar winners
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Despite what some may say (and even more might want), the Academy Awards are a huge deal. It's a club for old white men, sure, but the choices they make absolutely affect what projects studios do and don't greenlight going forward. And for that reason, all we can do is hope that the old white men didn't mess it up too badly. My prediction? They definitely will.

(And now that it's over? Yeah, kinda.)

For the winners, head below. We've been updating it all night, and live reacting as well. It was a pretty good time, all things considered. Except for the whole Boyhood not winning thing. That's bullshit.

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We're live-talking the Oscars! photo
We're live-talking the Oscars!
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Hello everyone. With the Academy Awards just an hour away, we're finalizing our plans (which were thrown out of whack by the crazy news that someone on the Flixist staff is about to be a dad holy shit!). Check it out. Unlike in years past, I will be wearing a shirt, so you have that to look forward to.

So if you don't already have plans, join us, cause we're pretty cool. And so are movies. (And so are our opinions of movies.)

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My 10 favorite movies of the year … as told by pictures of puppies photo
My 10 favorite movies of the year … as told by pictures of puppies
by Chad Concelmo

I love making lists. Love it. At the end of every year, I genuinely look forward to putting together lists of the best movies I saw, best video games I played, best roller coasters I rode and best potato balls I devoured (#1 IS ALWAYS PORTO'S POTATO BALLS!).

But I also love puppies. LOVE 'em.

So I thought: Why not combine the two this year? It's a logical pairing and one that I am very excited to share with you all. With the Oscars airing tonight, what better time to present to you my 10 favorite movies from last year … represented by pictures of puppies.

Enjoy!

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12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2015 edition

Every year we like to come in and completely and totally accurately predict the Oscar awards. We have, in fact, never been wrong (except when we have been). It's a track record we're looking forward to keeping up and we're pr...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Flix for Short: Big Birdman

We've featured Sesame Street parodies on the site before, but they've never been as mindblowing as this. Featuring Caroll Spinney and Big Bird, this is just all kinds of perfect.  "How did we get here? How did we get to Sesame Street?"

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Mission: Impossible 5's ending yet to be accepted

The best thing about the Mission: Impossible franchise is how each movie, regardless of quality, has been a unique expression of style from each of its various directors. Christopher McQuarrie is the latest in a series of int...

Jackson Tyler

4:00 PM on 02.20.2015

New Line working on new Shaft movie

Was anyone clamoring for a new take on a bad mother shut your mouth? Well, New Line is hoping you're still talking about Shaft as there is reportedly a reboot of the series in the works. Starting off as a 1971 film starring R...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Settlers of Catan rights for film and TV acquired

If there's one thing The LEGO Movie has proven to audiences and, most importantly, producers, is that there's a good movie hidden inside every property, including toys.  Which is why I'm not really sure how to react when...

John-Charles Holmes







FlixList: Six abandoned movies that Kickstarter could have saved photo
FlixList: Six abandoned movies that Kickstarter could have saved
by Flixist Staff

We all know that Kickstarter is pretty cool. (Heck, one of our writers used it to fund his last short film.) And film projects tend to be pretty safe bets; while video game Kickstarters routinely fail in a spectacular fashion, film projects are usually seen to completion. Probably because filmmakers are more dedicated and better at their jobs. (Suck it, game developers. (Just kidding, you're pretty cool. (Sometimes.))

It's hard to believe that Kickstarter is still a new thing and that crowdfunding is finding it's niche, but what if Kickstarter had been around back in the day? What kind of films would have been made during the golden age of Hollywood by indies? What could have gotten on their radar and become the Next Big Thing?

Here, we're looking at a few film projects abandoned, either recently or back in the day, by directors who poured their heart and souls into them. Money issues stopped them all, but what if they could have been crowdfunded? Here are six projects we wish would have turned to Kickstarter to drum up interest. And if you can think of any we missed, let us know in the comments.

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